Rights and Accommodations for Disabled Students in Kentucky

Disabled students in Kentucky have legal rights under federal and state law. These laws ensure that Kentucky students with emotional, mental, and physical disabilities receive the same educational opportunities as their non-disabled peers. These laws also require elementary schools, high schools, and colleges to consider a student's disability in all areas of their education, including their ability to progress academically.

Federal Protections for Kentucky Students

Americans With Disability Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. The ADA also mandates that these entities make accommodations for individuals with disabilities to ensure they're able to participate to the same extent as non-disabled people.

When it comes to education and learning, the law requires schools to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled students in order to ensure equal access and opportunity. The ADA's requirements for schools are extensive. In addition to being required to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, schools must also make sure that all areas of their facilities are accessible for physically disabled students. For example, schools must make their campus fully accessible to wheelchair users and blind students. Schools must also provide educational aids and services so deaf students can communicate effectively with teachers and other staff members.

Schools must provide reasonable accommodations for emotionally or mentally disabled students as well. For these accommodations to be considered "reasonable," they must not cause an undue burden on the educational institution or create an environment that would be detrimental to other students' learning environments. Some